Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

It’s only the first Saturday of the regular season, but there is plenty of intrigue for volleyball fans with tonight’s matches.

No. 1 UC Irvine and No. 6 for the second straight year meet in the UC Santa Barbara Invitational championship match, but this time coach John Speraw is on the UCLA sidelines. In addition, No. 2 BYU looks to avoid an upset and remain perfect in the MPSF as it plays a home match against Hawai’i.

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Top 5 men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight

Opening day is here and within the first hours of the season chaos has already hit the national rankings.

The UC Santa Barbara Invitational continues tonight with two semifinals matches, while No. 5 Lewis looks to recover in the tournament’s consolation bracket after being upset. In addition, BYU looks to begin its run at a conference title as it opens MPSF play.

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In a sentence or two about every NCAA men’s volleyball team

With most teams all the preseason talk around a team can be summed up in a few sentences — and that’s what we did.

As the NCAA men’s volleyball season beginning in earnest this weekend, get a quick breakdown of every men’s volleyball team from around the nation as they enter the 2013 season.

Check out what to know about each Division I-II men’s volleyball team at the start of the season.
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Players to watch for the 2013 AVCA Player of Year award

BYU outside attacker Taylor Sander and UC Irvine outside attacker Kevin Tillie are the preseason favorites to win the biggest individual award in college men’s volleyball, but the field is still wide open.

With the NCAA men’s volleyball season beginning this week, there are several candidates who could be the 2013 AVCA Player of the Year this season.

Check out the preseason favorites and the dark horse candidates who could win the Division I-II AVCA Player of the Year at the end of the regular season.
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The five teams that could surprise everyone in 2013

Tons of teams enter a season with preseason hype, but then there are those teams that enter with little expectations and surprise everyone

Whether it was Harvard finishing last season ranked in the national coaches poll or UC Santa Barbara’s run to the 2011 NCAA championship match last season, each season always has men’s volleyball teams that surprise everyone.
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The dark horse teams that could crash the 2013 Final Four

Who doesn’t enjoy an underdog team making a surprise postseason run — especially when you have been the person since the start of the season saying they were the team to watch.

With the regular season starting this week, there are the likely favorites to reach the Final Four. BYU, UC Irvine, Stanford and Pepperdine are the early favorites from the MPSF, while Lewis is the favorite in the MIVA and Penn State is the favorite in the EIVA.
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Top 10 non-conference matches to follow in 2013 season

The 2013 college men’s volleyball season begins this week and there are plenty of intriguing non-conference matches to keep an eye on throughout entire regular season.

Everything from early season matches that could be previews of Final Four matches to underdog teams traveling out west looking for a signature victory highlights the non-conference lineup this year.

Off the Block dissected all the NCAA Division I-II teams’ non-conference schedules to come up with the top 10 non-conference matches for fans to follow during the 2013 season.
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